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"A Natural Born Gambler" (1916)

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"A Natural Born Gambler" is a short comedy starring Bert Williams and featuring cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.

Bert Williams was a major Broadway comedian.  He was invited by Biograph to write, direct and star in two films, with "A Natural Born Gambler" being the better one by all accounts.

Bert Williams loves poker and is on the verge of winning big (with the help of cheating) when the police intervenes and he is thrown in jail. There he has a dream of playing a poker hand, but will he win or will he lose?


Directed by                         Bert Williams
Produced by                       Biograph Company
Scenario by                         Bert Williams
Cinematography                Billy Bitzer
Starring                              Bert Williams
Distributed by                    General Film Company
Release date                       July 24, 1916
Running time                     23 min.
Country                              United States
Language                            Silent, English intertitles


You can see a slideshow of stills from this film and other interesting stuff on our website silent-hall-of-fame.org.

Silent Hall of Fame is the only place where we actively work to bring back from oblivion the names and legacy of formerly illustrious silent movie stars, which have made a major contribution to the industry and the world but do not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

We also fight for your right, the right of the public, to see silent masterpieces that have been kept in hidden vaults for far too long. Our website streams for free one such masterpiece that has not been seen in 85 years and is not available anywhere else.

Please visit our website to watch quality silent films absolutely free and to support the legacy of silent movie stars with your tax deductible contribution.

Silent Hall of Fame has started an online campaign to begin raising funds for the nomination of our first star for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All contributions are tax deductible.
 Here is the web page:
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Please spread the word about the campaign and Silent Hall of Fame and help your favorite silent star receive belated recognition and glory.

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Preserving the legacy of silent movie stars
http://silent-hall-of-fame.org/





This movie is part of the collection: Silent Hall of Fame

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Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0


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